The venom of snakes, scorpions, sea anemones, marine cones, hymenopteran insects (bees, hornets, etc.), amphibians (frogs), etc. contains a treasure trove of molecules with therapeutic potential. Jean-Marc Sabatier, director of research at the CNRS at the Institute of Neuro-Physiopathology (INP) of the University of Aix-Marseille, has made this his specialty.
The epidemic is out of control in India where three variants have merged to form a triple mutant that is more contagious than the original virus and resistant to current vaccines. Several countries including France are taking drastic precautions against India. But the Indian variant is already in Europe.